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Mini Habits: Build Your Life Foundation Through The Small Things that Truly Matter

teacher avatar Austin Chan, Product Designer and Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Making Your Bed

    • 3. Learn to Take a Breath

    • 4. Becoming Present Each Day

    • 5. The Five Minute Rule

    • 6. Review and Plan

    • 7. Writing Consistently Daily

    • 8. Learn to Laugh at Yourself

    • 9. Stoic Belief

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

You can start changing your life the way you want to with small yet effective Micro Habits!

Discover the massive benefits that can come from minuscule habits, as you follow Austin into highlighting some of the most influential changes that are quick to pick up and easy to commit to.

Having taught countless courses and taken a magnitude of them himself, Austin is well versed in the process of starting habits. With his extensive experience, he has compiled a series of micro habits that achieve more than anticipated. The beauty of micro habits are found in its simplicity and ease of effort that return unexpected, yet welcome changes to one’s life.

Some fundamental lessons include:

  • Emotion Control With Breathing Meditation
  • Positive Mind Setting By Becoming Present
  • Productive Management With The 5 Minute Rule
  • Overcoming Adversity With Stoic Beliefs 

Not only are micro habits extremely effective, they are also applicable to anyone and everyone. Whether you’re a teen yearning to live a meaningful life, or an adult learning to be more organized, micro habits can benefit your unique and complex life! Even if you have little free time, these small habits can work to their full potential to fit with YOUR schedule.

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Austin Chan

Product Designer and Content Creator



Hey! I'm Austin.

I'm a Product Designer & Podcaster trying to solve problems that I have and sharing them online. Learning new things is what I love doing, and sharing the things I have learned is an amazing plus side to it. I've been on the internet my entire life, it's crazy to see how much it is online nowadays.

I've dabbled into a lot of projects and failed at most of them. I would love to teach you what I've learned on the way and to avoid the mistakes that I have made along the way. I want you to take what you've learned to become a better person.

I've been teaching for 6+ years. I have always loved creating things and that is shown through the things I have done on the internet. Blogs, Podcasts, Courses, anything, you name it. I have tried it, a... See full profile

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1. Introduction: has going. My name's Austin, and I'm going to be the instructor of this course. Now this course is going to be all about forming many habits for yourself. Now you may be thinking, Austin, what are many habits? And essentially we are going to break down in this specific course. Eight many habits that are extremely tiny that can happen in essentially a frame of a second. And some of these include, for example, making your bed having a five minute rule for yourself for progress. The nation thes really small habits that you can implement quite easily that will have a profound effect on your life and in each and every single lesson itself. I am then going to break down exactly what they are and why they're so important to implement in your own life. So that's exactly how the course outline is going to go. We're gonna have the introduction, then have the next eight lessons about eight many habits and lastly have the conclusion. And ultimately, the class project is mainly going to be then going and implementing one of these eight habits into your own life and really seeing and reflecting how much of an impact it might have on your own life. This course is for anyone who's interested in forming positive habits for themselves. Usually, at times we get overwhelmed with trying to build two big habits for ourselves. But these these are super tiny habits that anyone can introduce in their own lives. It's very simple. Implement each and every single one is quite easy to do itself, and really, it will set you up on a foundation towards positive habit building. So if you've ever wanted to live a more positive lifestyle, wanna start with the small habits, the really tiny habits in your life? This is going to be the course on tiny small habits that you can use to transform your life . I hope that you enroll, and I hope that you enjoyed this so far. 2. Making Your Bed: I'm super excited that you're here for the course itself. In this first lesson and throughout the rest of lessons, we're going to see that each and every single lesson is relatively short. It's because these lessons take their extremely quick to understand and also implement in your own life. So just to break it down, every single lesson is going to be what the habit is and why it's important in someone's life. The first habit that we're going to be talking about is making your bed, and this is an idea, a concept that is very formally introduced by William McRaven, and he pretty much states this in his book. It is making your bet. It is the first essential battle of the day where right when you wake up, either you can choose to live a more intentional life towards folding the sheets and spending two minutes two minutes the 1st 2 minutes of your day to actually fold the sheets and set up the first win of your day. Now, most of you may not think that Okay, what if I don't make my bed? You know nothing is gonna change. I'm going to go and mess it up later anyways. Well, it's not really the act of actually making your bed. It's more of the mindset shift towards it, because would you rather have something that is fully prepped up? And you've done everything that you could to prepare and actually do the work towards something? Or would you rather leave it all to the last minute? Or would you rather just let it all go to chance? Now the metaphor may not be exactly towards one another, but the mindset shift is there. If you can prepare each and every single morning by setting two minutes of your day to go and make your bed, you're essentially winning the first battle of the day. And a lot of individuals successful individuals online say that if you can win the first hour of your day than you win the day itself, and by setting this very simple task, you no matter what happens, you would have set up the day with a win. And a lot of the times we get bombarded by maybe checking our phone right in the morning and we get some bad news. Well, for the rest of our day, it's going to be plagued by that bad news. So why not set our day up with positive E with some structure and with the first win of the day now, I would say this right now. If you ever want to implement a habit, especially any of these many habits, do it right now. If you already have your bed made, that's awesome. If you don't, if it's messy, please. Right after this lesson, go to your bed and make your bed. It takes less than two minutes every day for me. I think I have a small bed, so it takes me like 10 seconds, and after a while it just gets ingrained in you to do it every single day and you feel good after you win the first battle of every single day. 3. Learn to Take a Breath: So tell me if this situation seems familiar, maybe you're talking with a friend and you guys disagree on something. You guys maybe start talking a little louder, and then it goes into loud talking into yelling, and suddenly you guys are yelling. Need each other for a disagreement. Now you may say something that you don't quite mean and it seems in the spur of the moment , and it might be rude and might not be nice to that person. But you say something that you didn't truly mean. And after you said it, there's no taking it back. A lot of these times we get into situations where either we're talking with someone or maybe they'll say something that might hurt our feelings. And that might trigger response to, say something mean back. Well, today's habit or this lessons have it is going to be focusing on your breath and really creating a mantra for yourself or a routine for yourself when something like this happens to simply take a breath and go from where you were again. Because when we get into these arguments and we get into these situations where we say something that we don't quite mean. It's usually our brains just defending ourselves. Maybe our egos been hurt and we say something that seems rash, and it may seem brewed at once. But when you actually genuinely think about it, if you give yourself a little buffer period to really hone in to what they said and maybe put yourself into their shoes for a second, then you can rationalize what you're about to say and avoid creating any actual. Because when you get into any arguments like this, it's like your ego has been hurt. And it triggered a response within your brain to maybe say something rash or say something that you wouldn't regularly say. It's not who you are, but it's just your brain essentially defending yourself. So by being able to take up offer period, and this lesson is going to be learning how to take a breath or take a mantra. So when mean by this is, let's say you're talking with your friend and he he or she says something towards you, that it it goes against one of your securities and you feel like you want to say something in defense back. Well, the lesson here and the mini habit is to simply just take a breath. And I'm not saying to let it go that you can let anyone just step on you, but just simply take a breath. And by the time you've taken a breath from them, saying what they said to you taking that breath or maybe three breaths or five, however many you want to be able to create. As long as you set a long enough buffer period for yourself to be able to really comprehend what the other person said and to react appropriately, then that works for you. And that's mainly just the concept of today. And I want to just share in an example of what would happen. Let's say, of course you're talking with your friend again and your friends send some says something that is hurtful to you, and they may not mean it. Of course they're your friends and you hear it, and you would say to yourself, Okay, I'm gonna take a breath or I'm going to repeat a mantra. Whatever works for you, and you would take a deep breath or take to take three, and by the time you finish those breath you would have realized that. Okay, so maybe my friend, it didn't mean what they meant to say. Or maybe what they said wasn't really a true representation of who I am as a person. And when you take that buffer period of 123 breaths, it really does help you gather your thoughts and rationalize what has just happened. 4. Becoming Present Each Day: have ever stood and watched nature, and you're just looking at it, just admiring its beauty. And you just stop and think that this is an amazing moment for me right now. Well, this lesson and this money have it is going to be learning how to be present now. We could definitely get onto the sub topic of meditation because ultimately this is the same realm. It's being present in the moment and learning how to really just stop going through life as its passing by as it's going super fast. But really just to stop and ground yourself in the moment and appreciate what's happening well, the many habit here today is learning how to be present, and this is simply done through one minute breaths. This is different from last lesson, which is about learning how to control your emotions. But this one is more towards having gratitude and having kindness. What I mean by this is the one minute breath is something that you would repeat for yourself every single day, where, whenever you feel or you remember this specific habit, you would then go and have a one minute breath and just focusing on your breath and focusing on the moment at hand. A lot of the times we get too caught up on the big things in life. And what of my mantras is that it's really the small things that matter in life now we ultimately have a big part in celebrating the big things in our life. But how often do these things happen? Is it every day that you may get a raise? Is it every day that you may win a major competition? I don't think so. And I think that the true way to find satisfaction and really fulfillment in our own lives is due gratitude with the small things in our lives. And this one minute breath technique really helps you hone in to that fact. So the one minute breath technique is very simple. It's a mini habit where you would just stop where you are and just breathe intentionally for one minute. You can say you can say a mantra to thank whoever or whatever is giving you this breath or just being able to just give yourself the moment to think about what's happening right now . Maybe you're at a dinner with some coworkers. You can stop and appreciate the one minute of breath and then be able to continue going on . And just by doing something like that, you'll be able to appreciate the small things a lot more something that you can add with this as well as you can. Grab your phone and set an alarm for, Let's say, 5 to 6 times a day, and every single time it rings you can. Then, of course, shut it off and then do your one minute gratitude. So it's dispersed throat every single day, and you don't forget to do it every day. 5. The Five Minute Rule: I'm pretty sure all of us have essentially procrastinated in our lives. It's where we don't feel like doing something. So we instead do something else. Well, for this many habits, it is going to be learning how to deal with procrastination, because, really, a lot of the times procrastination is something that it's just that initial first hump that feels difficult to do something. Well, this lesson is going to be talking about something called The Five minute rule. Now. There are also iterations of this, such as the two minute ruling, The Five minute Rule or any arbitrary number that actually talks about beating procrastination. But for this lesson, we're gonna be talking about the five minute rule and essentially goes like this. For whatever thing that you want to do, tell yourself that, Okay, I need to, Let's say for me I need to do my math homework now for me. I don't want to do my math homework, but I'll tell myself, Okay, Austin, I will work on my math homework for five minutes. That's it. I'll do work for five minutes and after, I'll allow myself to be finished. When you give yourself that permission to work for only five minutes. And even if you don't work and finish everything in five minutes, you've worked for five minutes and you get off that initial hump most of the time. What's gonna happen is you're going to start working for five minutes and then you're gonna tell yourself, Wait this and so bad. And then eventually five minutes will go on to 10 minutes than 10 minutes will go into 30 minutes and then 30 minutes will go until you're finished. Using this five minute rule is really just getting over that initial first start. And once you do so it's a lot easier to continue moving on because you're already doing it . So by utilizing something like, okay, you can use the five minute rule or the two minute rule. Two minute rule works as well, by telling yourself, Okay, I'm going to work for five minutes. It doesn't seem so difficult, right, Because all of us can work for five minutes. All of us are able to sustain at least enough focus to, I would say, two minutes to at least get over that first start and I first met me. It may seem uncomfortable like Okay, five minutes. OK, I think I'll be able to do this. But after more and more minutes go, you'll then be able to accept the fact and continue moving forward as if it was a lot lot easier. And as you started stacking these habits, you will be able to first off start something and continuously sustain it by using this method over and over again. 6. Review and Plan: I think a lot of us, me included. I am very spontaneous. Whenever I feel like doing something new, then I would just jump straight head into it. And sometimes that spontaneity is good for me because it helps me take more risks. I get more fun, but this specific lesson is going to be talking about how we can start planning for these specific things and ultimately ensure a lot more success for doing so. So the many habit that we have here today is going to be taking the time to reflect and to make an actual plan. So for me, I started a podcast a couple off months ago, and for me it was a podcast that I was very, very proud about. I was ready to start it, and I heard the idea of starting a podcast with the specific topic, and I was super excited. So what I did was I immediately bought all my my equipment is super spontaneous. But I didn't take the time to plan. And when I bought all the equipment and when it all arrived, I had no idea what I was going to do If I had maybe taken 5 10 minutes to review what I was going to do. So, while my equipment was shipping to my house, I could have planned that. Okay, I'm gonna get my first guest. I'm gonna call them. I know exactly who's good for this episode and by simply giving myself 5 to 10 minutes to plan exactly what I could have done in that buffer period. Then I would have been a lot more focused on what I was doing, and I would have known what I was doing. In the end, I 100% agree that we should be spontaneous sometimes take some risks, have some fun. But by having a plan in the back of it, what are we going to do when we start working on this specific thing or when we do this specific thing? How are we going to achieve this? Said topic, And by really moving forward in this regard will then be able to not only make the task a lot more fun, but also we won't have this stretch of confusion that makes us feel bad. Like maybe we're not doing as well as we should. It also gives us a progress report to boards. Okay, so we finished the first portion of the plan that I made. Okay, let's move on to the second by really giving yourself the structure This outline for yourself. It really does help you move forward towards not only reaching your goals, but also having more fun with in the things that you do as well. 7. Writing Consistently Daily: now, in this lesson, we're gonna be talking about building a mini habit Now, many habit. This is going to be talking about creating a writing consistency schedule for ourselves now , whether that would be writing 10 words or 100 words or 1000 words every single day. This ultimately is building some consistency in your own life and as well as honing into a habit that is very, very important within the 21st century. Now the reason why I picked the medium of writing is simply because of the fact that I'm assuming that you, from watching this course have access to either a phone, a laptop, a computer, a tablet, whatever may be something to right now, you're simply putting words on a piece of paper. Now there is no face associated with it. There probably isn't a name associated with it, and really, you're you're pretty much anonymous because you can publicize it anonymously. Whatever may be whatever you that you write or if you don't write it at all, there's really no fear towards writing because unless there's fear of actually going and publishing your work very uncommon for most of us. But really, that fear goes away as we plug published more. I wouldn't recommend actually going and being able to do vlogs, or at least not starting out not doing videos or also audio podcast, because there's a face and there's a voice associated with it. As most of us know that public speaking is one of the most feared things in America right now. So why would you go and try that? At first you want to be able to build some consistency. So wouldn't you rather start with something small to be able to really learn the habit of consistency? Then, by really honing into your craft of writing, for example, set yourself the limit or give yourself the acceptance to write 10 words a day for me. I tell myself that I want to write Ah 100 words every single day, and most actual writers will probably laugh at that. But by being able to allow myself 100 words, that's the bottom limit. Even if I don't have a Knauer to write, I might have five minutes. I might have 10 minutes, and even though I write might write some bad writing, it still works as building consistency because every single day I'm showing in there and ultimately this is the habit that I want you guys to build. The first main reason was to be able to build some consistency in your life by being able to hone in to having consistent actions every single day, having a small goal and continuously doing it every single day will then be able to look back at whatever you've written four months or a year later. And really be proud of what you've done. You know, the second reason, I would say, is also that all of us have a story within our own lives. I would argue that all of us lead different perspectives and we all had different experiences. So why not be able to publish that within the world now, by having all of these different perspectives, we're then going to be able to understand one another as humanity and really share how vast each and every single person's like experience within life can go. And if you decide to actually take up this habit, you don't need to publish it. You can simply write it in your journal or you can write it on your No pad. Wherever you want to write this, you don't need to share with the world. Maybe just refined your ideas and put the ideas on in your head and put them on paper. That could work as well. Whatever is most comfortable for you that you can truly build a more consistent schedule is probably the best way of going so about. 8. Learn to Laugh at Yourself: I would argue that life is ultimately too short to be mad or have negative emotions for two too long. And today's many habit, this lessons many have it is going to be practice, smiling and laughing for no reason at all. Now what I mean by this is whenever you catch yourself in the mirror, maybe just flash yourself a smile. Even if it may be the most terrible day ever, you can still be able to fake a smile, and it tricks your brain towards thinking that you're actually happy. And that can help you lift your mood a little bit. Even if it doesn't completely. This is a trick that you can do towards it now. A lot of people that I know actually go and watch YouTube videos about comedy, skits and laughing in general because it's been shown that adults laugh on average per day around. I think it was 3 to 10 times per day, but then kids when were younger, we would laugh upwards of ah, 100 to a couple 100 times a day. And although that number may seem absolutely crazy, if you think back to when you're a kid, didn't you think that you're a lot happier back then. And I don't want to reminisce on the fact that being a kid is better, but rather the fact that we can still bring that joy in that energy and that laughter into our lives right now, whenever something bad happens, maybe you can laugh at yourself once in a while. I know. For me this may not completely count because I'm still technically a teenager. 18. Yeah, I'm still technically a teenager. Whenever I do something dumb or let's say I like to ride my skateboard a lot, I fall on my skateboard. I essentially fall on the sidewalk. My first instinct is never to say how that heard, but rather I would go up and laugh of myself. I would walk up for where, from where I fell and I would laugh of myself. I don't know if that's just me, or if that's an NH thing for humans to simply laugh at ourselves. But really, when we start looking at life as something that should be enjoyed, something that where we should never have these long lasting emotions that ultimately completely bombard our negativity and living a negative life and then being able to actually laugh at ourselves and practice, smiling at ourselves, laughing for once in her life. Then, ultimately, I feel like if we pair this with the other positivity one where we have a one minute breath tests for ourselves, really being in the moment, maybe laughing at ourselves once in a while, then we'll start to live a lot more fulfilled and satisfied life. 9. Stoic Belief: this money habit. We're going to be talking about stoic philosophy. Now. I'm not going to pretend that I know everything about stoicism, but it is a school of thought, and I've come across it, and it has helped me tremendously with in my life. This was introduced way back when, as I said, I'm not very well burst in it. However, I do know the underlying principle. It was introduced to say that Teoh evaluate any situation in life with pretty much an essential question. Which is, Can I control what's happening and is whatever happening in my control? If it is in your control, then do whatever it takes in your control to make the outcome whatever you want it to be. If you can't control it, then stop worrying about it and focus on solely when you can't control for me. I'll give you an example. And this has helped me when I was in one of my main competitions, so I had a major competition that I've prepared for essentially years, something that I've put so much time and effort and do. And during this time I've It was a pitch competition and I did this pitch competition, and I've practiced essentially everything that I could have done everything that I could have controlled. All of the people I could have networked with. I've asked him for advice. I've done my picture in front of them. I've asked for all of the extra resources I've asked the judge is exactly what they're looking for. I've taken everything that I could control my time, my resources, my effort. I have put it into this one pitch now. Once I finished, I felt a static. I felt so good about my pitch. Now we had to wait until the next day until we got our results. So during that time, at first I thought Really nervous. Like I felt nervous about what would happen to die win or did I not? But this stork philosophy help. It had helped me ask myself, What can I control? During this time? I couldn't have controlled any of it. I've done the most that I could have done. I've done the best that I could have done, and now is just up to the judges. If the judges chose something else, not me as the winner, then I can't control that either. Why, why spend my life being salty and being toxic towards not winning when I could instead spend that time being positive? So during that essentially 12 hours that I was waiting for the judge deliberation, I told myself I would not stress about this. I would go and get dinner with my family to celebrate the good work that I've done and the hard work that have put in and really by simply asking this question, Can I control? This is the situation in my control. I was really than able to hone into the only thing that I was able to control, which was my own effort and everything else that was out of my control. I just didn't focus on and is ultimately made me a lot happier. And now I can take on a lot more stress of the world simply because of the fact that I understand exactly what I can control and what I can't. And this has made me a lot happier, a lot less stress and a lot more intentional with my life 10. Conclusion: So this is going to conclude the course about many habits. Eight many habits that transform your life. Now, I'm not saying that they're going to transfer my life immediately, but rather that, as you continuously used them on a day to day basis, exactly consistency as you use these in your own life. And as you start implementing them and you start realizing why you're doing them in the first place than then you're then, then you're then going to be able to see why they work in one's life. And I would highly recommend just doing one at a time. Because when we start bombarding ourselves by doing one habit, another habit, then three habits on top of each other, then we're not really going to dig deep and to create a habit for ourselves because we're gonna be so focused on building eight habits at once. We're not really truly focused on building one habit until it's automatic, and then building another one. Another one. Well, the whole point of this was that these are very small habits. They're very easy to implement in one's life, So the class project is going to be just pick one of your favorite habits and talk about why it's your favorite habit within the project down below. Talk about why it's your favorite habit and really, how it's helped you within your own life. Now, this course was going to be free on skill share. I just really wanted to test out and you set up that I had with the handheld microphone, and I do hope that I brought some value towards you as well. If you did enjoy this course, please leave a review down below. If you didn't enjoy this course, we'll tell me down below. I really, genuinely read every single comment, and I use all of the feedback towards building better courses within the future because I'm still learning. This is still really the beginning of my course creation career as cool course creation career. But yeah, I'm really just at the beginning. And also, if you're interested in more of my courses, you can hit the follow button for my account. So you know exactly when I start posting content, I really do want to say thank you for taking this course. It really does mean a lot. I have been turning out content for the past couple of weeks now. And I'm very proud of the content that have been making so far. Once again, I hope that you enjoyed the content. I hope that you enjoyed the course and please complete the project down below. There's gonna be more details down there, but I